Hike Through Rock Creek Park

District of Columbia Western Ridge Trail

Added by

This dirt trail is 9-miles out-and-back, but you can choose to turn around at whatever point you prefer. It makes for a great urban hike or run. Along the route, enjoy great views of the Potomac river.

This is primarily a dirt trail, which is pretty rare and fantastic for hiking and trail-running. Depending on where you exactly start, it's roughly 4.5 miles, so it's a pretty moderate hike/ run or almost 10miles if you do the out and back. There are also a ton of other paths, so you can easily add on extra miles if you want to or get on the Valley Trail if you want to make it a super loop.

Photos: Erin Johnson

Pack List

  • Hiking or running shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Appropriate clothes (since weather can change)
Read More

How to Get There

6 months ago

Enjoyable Hike Or Bike In The Town Center

I run or bike here every other week and have always loved this trail. It feels like you're out in the sticks despite being in the heart of the city. It's a safe neighborhood but some woman disappeared a few years back when she was running through the park...don't let it deter you...DC can be dangerous anywhere. It's a pretty place and an easy running/biking spot to hit after work on some idle Tuesday.

6 months ago

Added by The Outbound Collective

Your Home For Adventure.

Activities:

Chillin, Running, Hiking, Fitness

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

9 Miles

Elev. Gain:

450 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
River
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

More Adventures Nearby

Hike the C&O Canal Towpath: Carderock to Great Falls

District of Columbia / C&O Canal Tow Path

Park on the road adjacent to the canal as indicated on the map (see below). This is a popular trail which is dog friendly and accessible year-round.

Hike the Soapstone Valley Trail

District of Columbia / Soapstone Valley Trail

This is an out-and-back trail that starts and ends on different roads, but you will have better luck parking on Albemarle Street NW (where I have indicated the trailhead is on the map).

Alyssa Ramirez
132 Saves